The Blog of Shady Oaks Montessori
Follow the Child...
“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori
The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they leap. Preschool, kindergarten and beyond! What your child develops and refines during the 3rd year of the 3-6 cycle (Montessori kindergarten year) are the qualities and life skills that they will use upon facing each new aspect of their life ahead.
I stopped to observe between lessons this morning and was struck by the multitude of different math materials being utilized simultaneously. About half of my class was working on math of some sort. Math is my favorite subject to teach, which may explain why my students love math (or maybe it’s just the mathematical mind
In Montessori we educate the whole child and every situation is an opportunity for learning and growth. This means that along with math and language, we are teaching children how to problem solve and giving them tools for effective communication and conflict resolution. Maria Montessori defined four distinct planes of development based on her
The mantra for Montessori Education is “follow the child”. Montessori was a keen observer and avid student of how children grow and learn, especially in the early years. She referred to the early years as the “secret of childhood”. Traditional education recognized that the way they taught didn’t work well with young children. For this
Many parents who enroll their children in our school did not attend Montessori themselves and initially find it difficult to understand what exactly is going on in the classroom. It also took me a while to get my head around what made Montessori so special. But as I sat and observed the children during their